14 February 2020
BURTON Leonard is the quintessential North Yorkshire village. Located 6 miles North of Harrogate and 4 miles South of Ripon, Burton Leonard occupies a sheltered location with a village green predominating its centre.
Surrounding the green are period houses, a village shop/post office overlooking it and a pub - The Royal Oak, which prides itself on serving good quality food made with the finest seasonal ingredients.
It is well served by a good local infrastructure with easy access to the aforementioned locations and particularly the A1 motorway which is only 4 miles away. Available transport services in the village include the number 4 coach service, which will take you to and from Boroughbridge every Tuesday and the 22 and 23 Transdev bus which will take you to Knaresborough and Ripon every 2 hours, daily.
The village enjoys an excellent Church of England infant school with an Ofsted "Outstanding" assessment (July 2019) plus there is an array of quality secondary schools in the state and private sector in nearby Ripon and Harrogate including Ripon Grammar School and St Aiden's C of E school in Harrogate.
A well-attended local church, St Leonard's, and well organised village activities really provide a true community spirit in one of Harrogate's best regarded villages. Once a year, the Scarecrow Festival arrives in Burton Leonard as part of May-fest weekend on the first bank holiday of each May. There's a village feast and a flower show that arrives every summer providing great family fun and entertainment.
There are many organised communities and sports groups, including thriving cricket and football teams and a drama group which stages a couple of productions a year. The village hall is home to the WI, Brownies and toddlers group, yoga, art, keep fit, Pilates and the occasional wedding reception or birthday do. Due to its location, the village is home to a volunteer group known as First Responders; providing a first-line emergency response within the village and to the surrounding area.
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in Burton Leonard and its surrounding areas. Close by are countryside walks include;
South Stainley, Burton Leonard and the Lime Quarries Wildlife reserve walk - a straightforward and easy walk in the countryside between Ripon and Harrogate through two villages and a disused quarry site which is managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
Ripon Rowel Walk to Burton Leonard a linear walk from Ripon which takes you along the banks of the Ripon Canal and the River Ure and through the villages of Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard.
Places of interest
Local places of interest include:
Fountains Abbey - one of the largest and best preserved monasteries in England, located approximately 10 miles from Burton Leonard.
Newby Hall - an 18th century country house beside the River Ure, perfect for a family day out with gardens to explore, an adventure playground, boat trips to enjoy and a restaurant.
Lightwater Valley- a theme park that boasts 30 rides and attractions for all ages, located in Ripon.
Harrogate - a town in North Yorkshire, best-known as a heritage fashionable spa resort with visitor attractions including the Royal Pump Room Museum, Turkish Baths & Health Spa and Betty's Café and Tea Rooms, around 10 miles from Burton Leonard.
Ripon - a cathedral city in the Borough of Harrogate which is home to a thriving market place and an outstanding racecourse, just 15 minutes from Burton Leonard.
St. Leonards Row
St Leonards Row is a brand new development launched by Tadcaster-based Kyme Homes. Occupying a pleasant location, just off the village green, in an existing mature part of Burton Leonard, is this development of five new build, stone fronted, cottages each with three bedrooms including a master bedroom with en-suite.
Each property will have sealed unit double glazing, gas central heating and a choice of contemporary kitchen units and worktops (subject to the time of reservation and stage of construction).
For more information on the availability of this exclusive development, please visit the link.